Leeds United heading towards an 11th summer exit with permanent transfer advancing to final stages

-Credit: (Image: MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


Poland looks likely to be the next destination for Leeds United goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson as he edges towards a permanent exit. The 23-year-old’s contract expires next year and the coming season is unlikely to offer him anything more than the odd bench inclusion.

As first reported by BBC Radio Leeds, Klaesson is negotiating the final stages of a transfer to Ekstraklasa outfit Rakow Czestochowa. They finished seventh in the Polish top flight last season and Klaesson will hope he can secure regular minutes there.

The Norwegian was facing the prospect of being Daniel Farke’s third-choice stopper for a second consecutive campaign from August. Klaesson did pick up two appearances last term when, at the same time, Illan Meslier was suspended and Karl Darlow was injured.

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There have been three senior outings in total for Klaesson since he arrived from Valerenga in 2021. He was memorably thrown in at the deep end for his first-team debut in 2022 after Meslier was injured and needed replacing in the 55th minute of a famous 3-2 comeback at Molineux.

Klaesson was involved in a serious road traffic collision last season during an international break in his homeland. His car was written off, but the goalkeeper avoided any serious injury, according to Farke at the time.

Should Leeds sign off the transfer, they will be left with Meslier and Darlow as their senior options between the sticks, while youngster Harry Christy was offered a new contract last month. With Dani van den Heuvel released, Christy would be the third-choice stopper if he signs the new deal.